Are you interested in learning this wonderfully creative craft skill? At the Wooburn Craft School, we offer classes for both the complete novice and the experienced carver. As a beginner, this class will show you all the different tools associated with woodcarving. Of particular interest will be sharpening of chisels. Then students will be taken through two exercises that will teach them control and will make them confident in the usage of the chisels. In addition these exercises are designed to teach the student how to 'read' the wood and to take an inspiration and turn that idea in to a beautiful wood sculpture. . Other students will design their own work and Ernest will help facilitate its creation by helping to select the wood, providing a variety of tools for their use, determining what tools to us and how to approach the execution in order to realize their creative idea.
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Ernest has studied with the leading woodcarvers in England and in France at Ecole Boulle. His passion is primarily focused on carving that is in the support of restoration of furniture but he is equally inspired by carving in support of artistic endeavours.
While most of his work has been with pre-18th century pieces, he has worked in a number of different styles from Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Baroque and Neo Classical, as well as modern pieces.
Ernest is active in the furniture and wood section of ICON (the Institute of Conservation)). For the past four years, Ernest has been teaching wood carving at both Bucks New University in High Wycombe and at Lyon’s Restoration guiding students to produce a variety of creative objects from a simple leaf, to a totem pole to abstract objects in plywood to horses and the list goes on.
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All tools and materials are included with the course.
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Having been a member of Saturday Carving course for a good few years I've found these courses to be fun, instructive and hugely enjoyable.
Ernest is a great instructor helping you as much or as little as you want, as the previous reviewer says the classes can be a mix of abilities but nobody is left out, of course the one problem with these classes is that once you've done one you do tend to get hooked so you keep coming back, and back, and back ......
I joined Ernest's course at the Wooburn Craft School last year, with no previous experience of wood carving. It was wonderful. Ernest is a great teacher and the class was small and friendly so he was there at hand whenever advice was needed. The class was mixed ability: some beginners like me, and others more experienced, so there were also fellow students around to give advice and demonstrate what they were doing - many were producing quite intricate and detailed pieces after attending for only a relatively short time.
I would highly recommend this class to beginners as well as those with more experience. I attended the 10 week course evening class, and Ernest was able to be flexible about dates and worked around my planned holiday, so that was very helpful. I liked it so much I signed up for ongoing classes.
There are also several other types of craft lessons being offered at the Wooburn Craft School (I've just completed a stained glass course which was running there at weekends) so it's a good idea to check out their website and see what's planned. It's a very welcoming and friendly place to learn new skills.